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Small Business Owners Need Contingency Plans

The big news, here in Detroit, is Super Bowl XL. Many citizens are chipping in as volunteers and guides, and many small business and home-based business owners are squeezing their way in to the activities hoping to earn a few of the many dollars to be spent here. I guess you could even consider the [...]

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War of Words: ”For all intents and purposes…”

Returning to the War of Words that has haunted our blog over recent months, just wanted to clarify this one: It’s common to hear someone inject the formal and authoritative phrase, ‘for all intensive purposes…’ as a precursor to a statement. But it should be ‘for all intents and purposes, blah blah blah…’, right?

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Attention web entrepreneurs: Are you a Googleholic?

This morning I woke up and wondered something that had never occurred to me before. Am I a Googleholic? I mean, what are the signs? Just the fact that I’m wondering about it must be bad, right? Anything with –holic attached to end of it is not something to be aspired to, it’s to be [...]

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Entrepreneurship is what Africa needs

We received this message today from a Zimbabwe-based soon-to-be entrepreneur. Here’s what Kuda wrote us: message: Hi guys , what a great website you have its quite informative , i am in Harare Zimbabwe, eager to start up my own business and i can say the resources you availed to me on the website will [...]

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A Bubbly Niche!

My husband went to the doctor this week. His doctor is always reading about the latest in vitamin and medical research and usually has a new topic to discuss during each visit. This time it was the “Gluten-Free” diet. Many autistic children are on this diet. It is also recommended for variety of other conditions, [...]

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Business startup advice: Be attentive to your customer

Today is a special day for me. It’s exactly six weeks since my hip replacement surgery. At six weeks you’re allowed to do all kinds of things that you weren’t allowed to do after surgery. For instance, I’m allowed to lean forward while sitting in a chair. I can stop using a raised toilet seat. [...]

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Craig of Craigslist… visionary or listener?

We had a great hour with Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist this weekend, unearthing the seeds of his success and giving you access to him through our call-in radio program. It was a great hour for us, and Craig loved the variety of calls and the opportunity to share his wisdom. During the program, we [...]

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The Super Bowl creates unique business opportunities

Who are you rooting for? The National Football League Super Bowl is here (literally here in Detroit) and it’s time to choose sides. Steelers or Seahawks? Vintage franchise from the 1930′s with four Super Bowl titles already in hand or "upstart" pacific northwest team on their virgin Super Bowl run? Well, I don’t care about [...]

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Skype is a great tool to create work from home business success

After getting scolded (lightly) by the subject of my blog from yesterday – (yes, Craig Newmark was the first to comment on my questioning of what’s so special about craigslist … ouch!), let’s focus on something positive today. Have you discovered Skype yet? It’s basically an internet phone service that allows you to talk to [...]

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What’s so special about craigslist?

I just don’t get it. I can’t figure out why people love craigslist. They obviously do. It’s one of the most popular sites on the web. I understand that it’s unique in its simplicity. I see that it helps connect people in a Web 2.0 kind of way. I’ve known about craigslist for years and [...]

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Start an eBay business, don’t miss the Express

You probably know we’re into eBay; it helps people start up their own businesses every day – we’ve appeared at consecutive eBay Live events and hosted online seminars on how to start an eBay business. So why is today the day to think again about starting it up as an eBayer? How about eBay Express [...]

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Born To Be An Entrepreneur

“Luck” may be part of a direct translation of the company’s name, but Geely Automotive founder Shufu Li seems to have been born with an entrepreneurship gene. When you are born to peasants and raised in rural China, that’s pretty incredible. An article in the Detroit Free Press by Carol Cain tells his story. "I [...]

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War of words: ‘Vetting’ a business idea

We often blog about interesting language creeping into the business vocabulary… words like "flesh out," which brought out all the linguaphiles. Well, this next one we think we resolved without your help. But maybe we’re wrong–that’s for you to comment on. In this case, the explanation was staring us in the face for many years. [...]

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How to ask for help and get results

As you might expect, we get a great many emails from entrepreneurs who march to the beat of the StartupNation drum. Carin is one of those people. Unfortunately, Carin has recently run into tough times and sent us an email asking for help. (see her email below, provided here with her permission.) The question we [...]

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Ditch your day job!

As our most recent newsletter stressed, there’s got to be a way for you to get out from the grind, ditch the drudgery of that day job, and do something YOU LOVE with your precious time!!! Our lead article indicates that over 80% of the businesses that will open for business next month will be [...]

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Windows or Mac?

The Consumer Electronics Show is currently underway in Las Vegas, and Mr. Gates keynoted with much ballyhoo about Vista, the new version of Windows that is set to replace XP later this year. This got me thinking… You’re about to launch a small business – let’s say five to ten employees max. Do you go [...]

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Consultants of every kind

In a world of dog psychologists, feng shui gurus, and astrologists, it seems like these days there’s a consultant who’s an expert on anything and EVERYthing! That’s not necessarily a bad thing. For example, we recently got an email from an entrepreneur who’s developed a consultancy specifically and solely for coffee shops and how to [...]

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